Tampere Ambassador: Tymur Babkin

Where are you from?

I am from Tampere, but originally from Luhansk, Ukraine. I feel as a local because I have been living here for over 5 years and this is my home.

What would you like to tell about yourself?

I am a former professional athlete, who came to Finland to play basketball, but fall in love to this country. I have graduated with Specialist Degree in Psychology from Mariupol State University and currently combining work and getting BBA Degree in International Business Programme in HAMK. An active and social person, who likes to transform problems into possibilities.

What makes Tampere special for you?

Even the first place of residence in Finland for me was Helsinki, Tampere has made me want to stay to live in Finland. It  combines incredibly all the futures of modern city with nature, which is definitely the main treasure of Finland. Here I have learned everything I know about Finland and Finnish lifestyle. Tampere is the best place to integrate into the finish society.

Tell about your professional activities?

Currently, I am working in Lujatalo Oy combining construction work with occupational safety responsibilities. I am happy that businesses are investing large resources in workers wellbeing through the implementation of various occupational safety activities.

What is your involvement in international activities?

I am an active member of Ukrainalaisten Yhdistys Suomessa Ry. Our community constantly has several charity projects, where I am taking part. I am also working on the creation of my own international school project, which will let kids get their first international contact experience, motivate them to learn foreign languages and make their multicultural horizons wider.

What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?

Tampere gave me a lot in my life, so I feel, it is time to make something good for this amazing city as well. I want to show the world that Tampere is a just a perfect place to work, study, do business, sports and just enjoy the life!

Due to my big international sports experience, I think I will be useful in representing Tampere as a great place to live for people with active and healthy lifestyle and especially as a modern city with perfect conditions and opportunities for amateur and professional athletes.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?

The creation of Business Tampere tells that city is ready to do a lot for development of Tampere. And what can be better for successful future, than such attitude and support of the city?!

Tampere has everything to become one of the main business and educational centres of Europe. As a former professional athlete, I can see a great sports potential of the city. Due to The City Development Program, Tampere will renew old and build new sports facilities and hotels. That in a combination with infrastructure, geographical and climate conditions will make Tampere a great place to choose for the organising of practising camps for athletes and sports clubs as well as a perfect city for different international tournaments and competitions. Such approach will make Tampere well known all around the world, bring many domestic and international tourists and investments.

Tymur Babkin